Exchange Club plays host to prayer breakfast

Published 6:57 pm Sunday, June 14, 2009

If there’s one local club that doesn’t mind early mornings, it’s the Troy Exchange Club.

At least that’s how it would seem, since year after year, the club holds it’s time-honored tradition that is the “One Nation Under God” prayer breakfast. And that’s what Exchange members did again Sunday morning.

But, while the breakfast is an annual tradition, it’s timing this year was not, making the breakfast the conclusion of the Exchange Club State Convention, which Troy played host to through the weekend.

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“Our guest speaker is John Riley,” said Rob Faircloth, president of the Troy Exchange Club. “I have known John for some time now, and to me he has always been a fisherman.”

Riley, who was the keynote speaker of the breakfast, gave advice and spiritual guidance to its attendants.

Riley began with a story about a mission trip he took to a Navaho reservation.

The audience chuckled, bringing a smile to Riley’s face, but his tone quickly changed.

“It seems that we all have something to trade in life,” Riley said. “Look back over our own lives. We all hope that we have made good decisions.

“We all face uncertainty in our lives.”

Riley said through service to God and faith in God, rest will come easy.

“Every day that I wake up, I thank God that I am on the right side of the grass,” Riley said. “I think to myself, as it is said in the Bible, arise and go.”

“Just like in the Bible, the Lord calls us to have courage,” he continued. “Let us prosper through service to God. Life is learning how to love and with service to God we can have peace. Now arise and go.”